Thunder-Jazz (Jazz Lead 3-2)
Russell Westbrook and Paul George are your two guarantees on the Thunder. They carried the team in the second half of the Game 5 comeback and when they play at that level, they make for two of the most unstoppable stars in the league. It’ll be tougher on the road against the Jazz defense, but it won’t be for a lack of opportunities. George is an especially strong fallback option if you don’t get LeBron James.
Everyone else on the Thunder may as well be invisible. Steven Adams has stayed out of foul trouble, but that hasn’t boosted his value. Carmelo Anthony may not play enough minutes given how good Oklahoma City looked without him on the floor in the comeback. Corey Brewer and the bench simply don’t get enough minutes or chances.
Donovan Mitchell, Ricky Rubio, and Rudy Gobert are your guaranteed players on Utah. They’ve missed value once in this series. That was Gobert in Game 5, when he was limited to 30 minutes due to foul trouble.
Joe Ingles has played extremely well at home, although the job Paul George did on him in the second half of Game 5 is concerning heading into Game 6. When George is locked in, Ingles doesn’t have the same room on the floor.
Derrick Favors gave way to Jae Crowder in Game 5. If the Thunder keep Anthony off the floor, Crowder becomes the better option due to his ability to switch on defense and stretch the floor on offense. Favors was also in foul trouble in Game 5, which was another reason for his limited minutes.